Panic Uplift Study

What is the Panic Uplift (Comparison) study?

We are recruiting individuals who are currently experiencing difficulties with panic attacks to evaluate two versions of an online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) course.

The study uses our existing 6-lesson panic course that contains various treatment strategies, as well as a new 6-lesson course that focuses on one strategy. Research groups around the world have used different combinations of strategies in their online treatment programs. More research is now needed to clarify what strategies are necessary and most important to include in iCBT programs. Our job at St Vincent’s is to understand how the two versions of iCBT in this study compare in helping people with panic and/or anxiety to get better quicker and stay better for longer.

After completing a phone interview, if accepted, people entering the study will be randomly allocated to either of these two courses and able to start treatment immediately.

How does it all work?

First we ask you to complete some online questionnaires. If you are found to meet certain eligibility criteria, we will then ask you to complete a telephone interview. If you are eligible based on the phone interview and agree to participate, you will be able to immediately access one of the two courses at no cost! All components are online and you would be required to answer questionnaires related to panic and anxiety during and just after treatment (9 weeks in total), with some follow-up questionnaires 3 and 6 months after the conclusion of the program.

What can I expect if I decide to apply?

You must first read the patient information sheet (think terms and conditions) and then indicate your informed consent to apply for the trial and, if eligible, participate in the trial. If you register – providing your name, age, gender, phone number, and email address – you will be asked to complete screening questionnaires to establish that you have significant problems with panic and anxiety. However, we cannot include individuals with a bipolar disorder, psychosis, or schizophrenia, as we do not have evidence that our program benefits these conditions. Additionally, as we must adhere to the strict patient safety regulations required by our Research Ethics Committee, we cannot include individuals who are suicidal.

If you are found to be suitable for the study, you will then complete a telephone interview. If you are eligible, you will be randomly allocated to one of the two treatments and you can begin your course immediately!

Is it free?

Yes. Usually it costs to do our courses, however this research trial is a way that you can get to do the courses for free! You will not be paid for your participation.

What if I can't finish the course?

Participation is voluntary and you can drop out at any time, but we would we would love for you to stay. We want to learn what contributes to success in people who complete the whole course so that we can develop effective treatments for people like you!

Want to apply?

Please click ‘Apply Now’ below. Simple!

Feel free to contact our team at [email protected] (email is monitored during business hours AEDT) if you would like to speak further with the study team, or if you have any questions or concerns.

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